Prof Dr J.G.A. van Mierlo
Prof Dr (Hans) J.G.A. van Mierlo (1953) came in September 1987 as an Associate Professor of Public Economics to the Department of General Economics (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration) at Universiteit Maastricht. As of May 1, 2000, he is appointed as Professor of Public Finance in this Department and Faculty.
He studied Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nijmegen, where he received his M.A (drs) in June 1976 (cum laude). He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam in October1989 (supervisor: Prof Dr Ir J.M.M. Ritzen).
Previous positions include: research associate in public economics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Social and Cultural Planning Office of the Netherlands, Rijswijk (1976-1979); assistant professor of political science and political economy at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1979-1987); part-time associate professor of political economy at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1987-1988).
His research interests are: public management reform and public entrepreneurship; public-private management; policy analysis and policy evaluation; fiscal economics; welfare economics and public choice; various policy fields: health economics and policy; environmental economics and policy, education economics and policy, housing economies and policy, infrastructure economics and policy.
Professor Van Mierlo has been Acting Chairman of the Public Economics Section within the Department of General Economics, from March 1st, 1998 until September 1st, 2002. In this position, he bore full responsibility for all the teaching activities of the working group on Public Economics.
As of March 1st, 1998, he is Director of Studies of the Faculty Bachelor and Master Programme in Fiscal Economics. In this position, he bears full responsibility for all the teaching activities in the undergraduate and graduate faculty programme in Fiscal Economics and as such was a member of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty.
As of September 1st, 2006 up to March 1st, 2007, Dr. Maarten Vendrik was acting director. As of March 1st, 2007, Professor Van Mierlo is acting director again.
Furthermore, up to August 2007, Professor Van Mierlo was Coordinator of the Module on Comparative Policy Evaluation in the European Union of the MA-programme in European Public Affairs (current programme director: Dr S Vanhoonacker), which started in August 1999 at the Universiteit Maastricht in close cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht. Similar courses he teaches now in MA-programmes in the Faculties of Economics and Bussiness Administration, Cultural Sciences and Law.
In addition, Professor Van Mierlo is an Expert in European policy consultation and evaluation.
In the summer of 1998 he has been senior consultant on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was head of the Evaluation Mission set up for the Matra-programme on Good Governance in the Russian Federation. This Mission visited Russia in June 1998. Professor Van Mierlo has written two evaluation reports for this Mission (see list of publications).
In April-June 2005 he was senior consultant on behalf of the World Bank. He wrote a Diagnostic Policy Paper on Wage System Reform in Educatin and Health Care in Tajikistan. For that purpose he paid two two-week site-visits to Tajikistan in April and May 2005.